Deputy sheriff on foot patrol thwarts burglary in progress

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WURTSBORO – A South Fallsburg man was arrested late Monday night by Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputies after he was observed inside the Mamakating Library on Sullivan Street.
Sgt. Blake Starner was making his rounds on foot patrol at 11:15 p.m. when he saw movement inside the library and saw a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and facemask going through draws behind the service counter.
Starner called for backup and continued to watch Mark Seidenberg, 37, of Heiden Road in South Fallsburg.
As he left the library through the rear, he was intercepted by Starner and backup units from the State Police and sheriff’s office.  He was found in possession of three tablet computers and a metal cash box with money. Seidenberg had parked his getaway vehicle on the next street over to avoid detection.
Seidenberg was charged with felony burglary, petit larceny and possession of burglar’s tool.  He was sent to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond.
Sheriff Michael Schiff had just had a meeting earlier in the day with his patrol supervisors about increasing foot patrols in the villages and hamlets around the county.
“It is apparently already paying off,” Schiff said.